Jun 3, 2015

Elevators to be required to keep drinking water, portable toilets

Japan’s infrastructure ministry and the elevator industry agreed to store drinking water and portable toilets in elevators in preparation for emergency stoppages after earthquakes, the ministry said Tuesday. The agreement reached at an urgent meeting came after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck near islands south ...

Suga calls for quicker elevator checks after earthquakes

Jun 1, 2015

Suga calls for quicker elevator checks after earthquakes

The infrastructure ministry has been asked to come up with ways to ensure elevators are restored faster following an earthquake after it emerged that tens of thousands of people were trapped in upper floors of skyscrapers and high-rise apartments on Saturday night. Chief Cabinet ...

May 25, 2015

Strong quake shakes Tokyo vicinity; no damage reported

A strong quake Monday shook buildings in Tokyo, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the subway system to a halt. There was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Meteorological ...

Nepal's sons return to rebuild quake-damaged family homes

May 24, 2015

Nepal's sons return to rebuild quake-damaged family homes

Dressed in his brother’s old British Army fatigues, Mohan Ghale is rebuilding his mother’s home stone by stone, after returning to Barpak village, high in the Himalayas, which was demolished by last month’s earthquake. Ghale had been working as a plumber a full day’s ...

May 21, 2015

SDF medical relief team wraps up mission in Nepal

The Self-Defense Forces’ medical relief team wrapped up its mission in earthquake-hit Nepal on Wednesday with a ceremony held at Tudikhel grounds in central Kathmandu. During the event, Nepalese Health Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha and Nepal Army Maj. Gen. Kishore Jung Rana thanked the ...

May 19, 2015

Japan ends medical mission in quake-struck Nepal

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Tuesday a disaster relief team working in Nepal was winding up its medical support work. The team was dispatched to Nepal following the devastating earthquake there April 25. Nakatani told reporters there has been “a steady decline” in need ...